Lexus RX 450h Service Appointment

Lexus RX 450h at Performance Lexus

Last week, right before my long-term Lexus RX 450h loaner was set to be returned to Lexus Canada, I had the opportunity to bring it to my local Lexus dealership, Performance Lexus in St. Catharines, Ontario, for its 8,000km oil change.

I had arranged access to the service bays beforehand, so as soon as Master Technician Bruce Thomson had the RXh up on the hoist, I was in there taking some underbody photos:

Performance Lexus Oil Change Bruce Thomson

Lexus RX 450h Shocks

Lexus RX 450h on the Hoist

Three Lexus RXs in a row

Here’s a closeup of the RXh’s two electric motors:

Lexus RX 450h Front Electric Motor

Lexus RX 450h Rear Electric Motor

As you can see, the RXh pipes are already starting to show signs of wear. Even with weekly underbody car washes, these Canadian winters are absolute murder — I would swear there was more salt on the roads than snow in the fields.

Once the oil change was complete, the RXh was taken for a car wash and I visited the showroom. Funny thing—the showroom was completely empty, the dealership was preparing to host a GX 460 launch party. I had just enough time to chat with the sales staff before the RXh was ready and I was back on the road.

I have to say, before starting this website and getting access to press vehicles, Performance Lexus was the place I went to drive the latest and greatest Lexus vehicles, and every single employee I’ve met over the years has been super-friendly and well-informed. I can not recommend them enough—an extremely classy organization.


Of course, this marked the end of my RXh test-drive. I turned in the keys last week. Slowly working away on a final review along with going through all the photos. More shortly.

Special thanks to Lexus Canada for providing me with this vehicle for the purpose of review. The RX 450h with the Ultra Luxury Package retails for $71,400CAD ($67,150USD).



  1. Guess Lexus Canada should work on a way to keep the car from rusting on the underbelly.

  2. LOLOL! A few years ago, performance would’ve been a weird name for a Lexus dealership. Is the owner psychic or something?

    I love that LX in the first picture.

  3. @Jesseps: Yeah, or else, people have an even better reason to categorize Lexus vehicles as nothing more than dressed up Toyotas - with reference to the Tundra’s rusting frame incidence and the whole ES/Camry v. US Government/ABC.

  4. Neat view underneath the RX 450h…definitely shows signs of the weather.

  5. the underside photo’s have me scared to put a new RX in NY winters… i can’t believe all that rust.  I don’t think i’ve looked under my ES and am frankly scared too.
    I don’t know much about maintenance of cars but is this normal/acceptable? Will this be a cause for concern in a few years?

  6. joshd:the underside photo's have me scared to put a new RX in NY winters… i can't believe all that rust.  I don't think i've looked under my ES and am frankly scared too.
    I don't know much about maintenance of cars but is this normal/acceptable? Will this be a cause for concern in a few years?

    The only rust spotting was on the exhaust pipe—everything else was just dirty. This is entirely normal, every vehicle spots up like that in these salt winters.

  7. @WorldofLuxury: Oh, you people in California with your endless summer. You should see the salt on these roads, it’s disgusting. mad

  8. WorldofLuxury:I love that LX in the first picture.

    Here’s a better pic:

    Lexus LX at Performance Lexus


  9. I love that LX too!! LOL

  10. @krew: hehe… But us Californians always think of a snowy place as a beautiful, magical wonderland.

    @krew: Thank you! Now THAT’S what I call BIG DADDY!

  11. Secret photos of CT200H in a garage in Holland !!!

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  14. @seal: Nice garage lighting!

  15. I saw an RXh today.

    It was two lanes to my left while I sat low in my LS at about 2-3 yards ahead of the RXh’s nose. The sunset haze was shining from behind the RXh, and boy… that nose is so sharp, so sexy.

    As usual, I noticed that the RXh’s foglights with chrome accents really help balance the look. The RX itself is just amazing. It’s handsome; it’s cute; it’s also sharp from other angles; it’s the perfect size; it deserves to be Lexus’ best seller. I am personally happy that the best seller isn’t an sedan but rather a sedan trying to be an SUV. This is America, and we want/need SUVs!

    Btw, Lexus Hybrid Living’s Facebook has some beautiful pictures of the HS in black, looking sharp and strong.

  16. @WorldofLuxury: Yeah, the LA area is probably one of the RXh’s biggest markets.  The ones I’ve seen around here typically do not have the roof rails, which makes distinguishing them easier.

  17. @Dan: Love the RXh without roof rails—such a sleek looking vehicle.